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Dance Award Nomination for Warsaw Ballerina
April 28, 2011   
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Polish National Ballet soloist Aleksandra Liashenko has been nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse international dance award for 2011.

Considered “the Oscar of ballet” by the ballet community, the Benois de la Danse is the most important international award given to ballet artists. The idea for the award came from Yuri Grigorovitch, a doyen of Russian choreography and for many years the director of the Bolshoi Theater. Grigorovitch also chairs the jury of the award. Founded in Moscow in 1991 by the International Dance Association, the Benois de la Danse award has been given out since 1992 in several categories, including best ballerina, danseur, choreographer, composer and designer and as a lifetime achievement award. In 1996, it was included in the UNESCO World Decade of Culture program.

Liashenko has been nominated in the Best Ballerina category for the title role she has played in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, staged at the Wielki Theater in Warsaw. She is a graduate of the State Ballet School and the Ballet Academy in Kharkiv, Ukraine. While at the academy, she started working at the Grand Opera and Ballet Theater in Kharkiv. In 2007, she became a soloist with the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk and then relocated to the Stanisław Moniuszko Wielki Theater in Poznań in January 2008. Since 2009, she has been the first soloist of the Wielki Theater/National Opera in Warsaw. She has appeared in The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Tristan, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Anna Karenina. She has given guest performances at many venues around the world, including Spain, Portugal, France, Austria, Japan, Egypt, China and Taiwan.

The judges of this year’s Benois de la Danse award include Krzysztof Pastor, the director of the Polish National Ballet. The winners will be announced May 24 during an award ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
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